Product Carbon Footprint

"Our goal is to establish a common standard on the market for calculating and classifying the carbon footprint of cutting tools, hard material solutions and tungsten carbide powders. In this way, we will be able to provide customers the carbon footprint transparency they require," explains Executive Board Spokesman Dr Andreas Lackner.

  • PCF

    Like well-known rating systems, customers should be able to grasp and evaluate the footprint of a product at a glance. The length of the bars makes it possible to intuitively grasp the level of emissions. The bars differ in their grey gradation; colouring was deliberately omitted to avoid any associations with other scales. The alphabetical PCF (Product Carbon Footprint) classification can be integrated into any product data sheet or sales document. From mid-September 2023, the PCF classification will be visible to all customers who purchase products with a PCF classification. 

    The PCF is then calculated from the CO2 footprints of the raw materials plus the CO2 footprints of the production processes involved, each weighted with the efficiency factors from the raw material to the finished product. The result is the CO2 footprint per kilogram of this particular product. The calculation approach is in line with the ISO 14067:2018 standard and has been critically reviewed by a third party, denkstatt, a member of Inogen - Environmental Alliance. 

    We have illustrated how this works in our video:

Corporate carbon footprint as a prerequisite

Serving as the basis for the PCF calculation is the respective Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF), i.e., the CO2 footprint of the entire company. In accordance with the ISO 14067:2018 standard, the PCF includes not only the emissions attributable to Scopes 1 and 2, but also the upstream part of Scope 3 emissions, which can be allocated to specific products (purchased goods and services, upstream transportation, and distribution, as well as waste generated from operations). To add extra emphasis on customer needs, CERATIZIT uses the cradle-to-gate approach and excludes downstream emissions.

Thanks to a fully integrated supply chain for raw materials, CERATIZIT can determine precise data for the PCF. “Our ambition is to lead the carbide industry into a sustainable future. However, it is up to customers to decide whether to opt for a standard product with detailed PCF transparency or a solution with a particularly low CO2 footprint. With our standard, we offer the basis for making informed decisions with ease,” says Dr Andreas Lackner. 


  • Download now our new Whitepaper: Know Your Product Carbon Footprint

    Learn more about what the Product Carbon Footprint is and how it works. Details on the calculation will be published in the coming weeks.


Recycled premium grades for rods and wood working

For customers seeking to actively reduce the PCF in their own product range, the carbide grades of the upGRADE range from CERATIZIT provide effective and innovative solutions available for immediate use. The CT-GS20Y grade for rods for cutting tools and the KLC20+ grade for wood working are both produced from more than 99% strictly selected secondary raw materials and combine premium performance with a particularly low PCF, which is on average around 60% below the PCF of corresponding standard CERATIZIT grades.



upGRADE for Wood Working

Our new KLC20+ grade is made with recycled carbide. The “LC” in KLC20+ stands for low carbon, because with our new grade the CO2e emissions can be reduced.

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This page will be gradually updated in the coming months with more information around CERATIZIT’s PCF approach.